Kilkenny relishing the challenge of retaining top spot


Neil Kilkenny feels Glory have had to contend with opposition teams setting out to stifle them in recent weeks.


Tony Popovic’s men will visit Coopers Stadium to tackle Adelaide United on Friday evening six points clear at the top of the Hyundai A-League ladder and seeking to extend their unbeaten record on the road this season.

And Kilkenny believes that this combination of a lofty ladder position and impressive form has influenced the approach of the teams that they have faced in their last few games.

“We know where we are at the top of the league,” he said, “but we know that every team wants to beat the team that’s top.

“We’ve found that over the last 4,5 or 6 games that teams are happy with a draw against us. Even when we go away from home, they look to stop us from playing instead of actually looking to play themselves to a certain extent.

“That’s what we have to deal with at the top of the league and hopefully we can keep pushing, keep progressing and get the three points on Friday.

“We just need to concentrate on ourselves like we have been doing. I think we’ve performed well consistently over the whole season and we’ll have to do that again in this game. We’re really looking forward to showing how good we are again.”

The midfielder fronted the media on Wednesday sporting a new, streamlined hairstyle having participated in the World’s Greatest Shave to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation and was joined by Hunter Madden and his family.

Hunter has recently undergone a bone marrow transplant as his battle with leukaemia continues and it was the 5-year-old’s inspiring story that prompted Kilkenny to get involved in the fundraising event.


“It’s for a fantastic cause,” he said, “and it’s great to see Hunter here today.

“I’ve got three little kids of my own and I just want to do as much as possible.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve had a skinhead, but as I said, it’s for a great cause.”

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